FAQ’s

Why should we choose you to build our home?

We are committed to doing our best to build a high quality home, the way you want and within your budget. We have years of experience doing just this and are honored to call all of our past customers friends still today. We don’t believe it is an accident to have work during a poor economy. We believe our dedication to doing all we can for our customers has kept us in business when others have found themselves without work. We also know we owe everything to God, who is our ultimate provider, but Who is also the reason we are committed to honesty, integrity and hard work. We would love to build your home for you and we can promise you – it won’t just be another “job” to us. We know this home is more than a project for you; it is a place you will spend many days and make memories with your family. We want it to be beautiful, and we want it to be built well and within budget so you can enjoy it for many years to come. We also believe our best advertisement will continue to be happy customers. Thank you for the opportunity to consider us to be your builder.

How long have you been in business?

Jaggers Construction Inc. has been in business since 2004. In addition, both Deron and Kim have worked in the construction industry prior to starting the business. Deron Jaggers, President and Licensed Contractor, received his Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee later working for John Deere and Volvo Construction Divisions in the US and Europe. Kim received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee while working for a local builder during college. Together, Deron and Kim provide a team approach to building your home.

What licenses do you hold?

Jaggers Construction Inc. is incorporated in the State of Tennessee since 2004. We are licensed and insured. Deron Jaggers is licensed by the State of Tennessee as in Residential and Small Commercial Construction with a limit of $925,000 per project – License number 52753. You can check the status of any contractor within the state at http://verify.tn.gov/default.aspx. You can also use this site to check for complaints against contractors, and we highly recommend doing this as you interview potential builders.

What amounts of Worker’s Compensation and Liability coverage do you provide?

Validation Certificates are available to be sent directly to you from our insurance company which is general industry practice. We carry Worker’s Compensation and General Liability Coverage ($1,000,000 occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate). As you move forward, we can have these documents sent to you, and have your financial institution listed as holder.

How are you compensated for building our home?

We build on a cost-plus basis. This means we charge 15% on material and labor to build your home. This fee is broken up in monthly installments paid during the construction of your home.

Why do people like the cost-plus method?

Our customers love this process, and we invite you to contact them about it. Because you will get a copy of every invoice for material and labor, and know exactly what you are paying us – you see exactly where every dollar is going. We lock our fee at contract not to be more than the estimated fee based on material and labor on the estimated cost to build your home. We do this as a measure of good faith to let you know we do our best to accurately estimate the cost of your new home and to let you know we will not benefit if the cost of your home goes up. However, we will reduce our fee if your home comes in under budget (and yes, some of our customers do come in under budget!). Also of note – You will be able to take advantage of our discounts with suppliers. Furthermore, we do not lock you into using our material suppliers if you can get better deals (ie your cousin sells carpet and can give you a good deal). However, we do use only our laborers because we know the work is done well, and we are supplying a one year warranty on that work.

How much might our home cost to build? Can you give me a ballpark price?

The homes we build vary based on design, lot constraints, etc.; but most of our homes – from big to small, from complex to simple– tend to be coming in between $130 – $180 per heated square foot. This includes materials, labor and our fee. Certainly, this number will be refined to your individual home once we complete an actual estimate. We are happy to take a look at a plan you have found online etc., and give you an educated, ballpark price range at no cost to you.

What is involved in getting an actual price estimate to build my home?

Generally, it takes us about 3 weeks to do an actual estimate from a full set of plans – so we can see more detail than is given from online house plans. Deron will take full sets of plans to our skilled labor and major suppliers for actual quotes and also spends many hours doing calculations himself. He will also visit your site and assess costs related to your particular lot and ARC if applicable. The end result is a tremendously-detailed 40-plus page spreadsheet, and a cost to build the home that we feel very confident about. We charge $500 for this estimate, but it is applied to our fee to build your home should you decide to hire us to be your builder.  We feel good about our estimates. Deron does a very thorough job and likes to get the estimate as accurate as possible. We are confident our suppliers give us competitive prices which we pass on to you. We are also confident in the consistent quality we are able offer because we have been using the same skilled craftsmen for many years. In addition, we believe our way of doing business has fostered trust with our customers, and that is tremendously important – and the reason we feel like we have stayed busy during the slower economy.

What work will you do with your own crews; what work is subcontracted?

We have worked diligently to find and use the best laborers and craftsmen in the area- who are cost competitive and do good work. We have used the same workers for many years and have built relationships with our crews. We feel this provides consistent, dependable quality and, because we have long-term relationships with our guys, we can depend on them to get the job done right and come back if any problems arise.

How are materials selected for our home? Will you help us with that? Tell me about the Construction Notebook.

Construction Notebook – In order to make the construction process simple, you will be provided a notebook with step-by-step material selections needed, as well as your budget information for each selection and places to shop with supplier contacts (multiple suppliers for each product, their phone numbers, websites etc). You will receive our builder discount with our suppliers or you are free to choose your own supplier (if you wish). The notebook will also include an order of things to pick out as well as the budget amount you have for each category (ie plumbing fixtures etc). Our customers have found this step-by-step notebook process to take the “headache” out of building, and they have also found our supplier discounts help save them money. They also like having the flexibility of using a supplier they may have a special relationship with when it can save them money. In addition, Kim is available to help with color and product selection for your home. You can see some of her work on past homes gallery section on our website. This service is offered free of charge to our clients.

What is your change order process?

It is our policy to maintain frequent communication with our clients in order to avoid change orders. We will only charge a change order fee ($250) if the work has been done as we discussed and then you change your mind causing the work to be re-done another way. Example: We go over the house plan with you prior to framing. Once the framing has been done you don’t like the location of a window which was built to plan. We would charge a change fee to get the workers back out to re-do the window location. We will always tell you in advance if something will require a change order fee and let you make the decision to change it or not with this in mind. It is important to note – in over 12 years of building we have only charged one change order fee. We believe this is due to great communication.

What warranty will we have with our home?

We supply a one year warranty for your home. Additionally, if you are building a basement you will have a 30 year transferable warranty for waterproofing with your basement provided by Tennessee Valley Waterproofing. This system is known as the Tuff n Dri system and is described at www.tvwdrybsmt.com In addition we use the Drainstar Strip Drain System also described on their website.

How much time do you spend supervising the building process?

We are confident in our workers, but it is our job to make sure the home is being built to your satisfaction. This means being on-site daily. Also, by being on site throughout the day we are able to keep things going smoothly and efficiently by planning ahead for material needs etc. We will not take on more work than we can do and do well.

How do you charge for your services?   

We charge a percentage of the labor and material cost to build you home.  This is paid in phases as construction is completed.  We provide you with our supplier discounts and you will get invoices for all labor and materials used to build your home.   Our customers like seeing everything and there are no hidden costs.

How much does it cost to build a home?

Generally, most homes cost between $130 and $180 per square foot which includes our fee. There are many factors which influence the cost of your home including:

  1. Square Footage— It is important to note that a well-planned design can feel and function much bigger than a poorly laid out floor plan. When you think about the size of your home note: Interior square footage shown on most house plans represent heated/cooled floor space only. In addition, most home plans will list square foot totals without including bonus rooms in their total. If you wish to complete this area you should add it to the total square feet. Moreover, square foot totals are from the outside face of the stud and do not include two story or vaulted spaces, garages, bonus rooms, covered porches or any other unfinished areas which also affect cost.
  2. Lot Requirements – Your lot will affect the cost of the home–how easy is it to build on your lot considering restrictions, set backs, excavation, etc.
  3. Shape of Plan – Generally, the more the house plan looks like a box – the less it usually costs to build. Cuts and turns in the foundation and roof line add to the cost of the home. However, cuts and turns add to the beauty and uniqueness of the plan. Also remember it is generally cheaper to build up rather than out – a two story is usually less expensive than a one story of the same square footage. Think of the footprint – the larger the footprint – the more costly.
  4. Exterior Finishes – Generally stone costs more than brick which costs a bit more than concrete (such as Hardie) siding which costs more than vinyl.
  5. Special Features – Porches add to the cost of the home. Basements are an added cost but often a great way to get more square footage at a reduced cost.
  6. Interior Finishes – Keep in mind the grade of your interior amenities (type of flooring, trim work, fireplaces, cabinet and appliance types etc) can greatly affect the final cost.

Feel free to contact us with any other questions at kim@jaggersconstruction.org

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